When will the new school open?
St Catherine of Siena School is a Catholic co-educational primary school in Armstrong Creek. Our school doors will open for the first time in January, 2020 with students enrolled from Foundation to Year 5.
How many students will attend the new school?
The school has been planned for an eventual student population of around 500 students.
Our class structures for 2020 are likely to be as follows;
Foundation: two classes, maximum of 20 students per class
Years 1 /2: two classes, maximum of 25 students per class
Years 3 /4 : One class, maximum of 25 students
Year 5: One class, maximum of 25 students
What is the enrolment catchment for the new school?
The new school is located in the Nazareth Parish. Our enrolment policy and a map of the enrolment boundary can be found here.
How do I enrol?
Can I enrol if I am not Catholic?
St Catherine’s will be open to all families who are supportive of the Catholic mission and traditions of the school. According to guidelines set by Catholic Education, priority entry will be given to baptised Catholic students.
What will the fees be?
School fees per family for 2020 are:
Annual tuition fee $1600
Capital fee $200
Levy per student $300 (covers classroom expenses and school excursions)
Example for a family with two students:
$1600 (tuition) + $200 (capital) + $300 (child one) + $300 (child two) = $2400
What secondary school will St Catherine’s students be given priority entry to?
St Catherine of Siena is a primary school in the Nazareth parish, which includes Iona College which will also open in 2020. Enrolments are subject to the college’s enrolment process. Priority is given to Catholic students in Catholic schools.
What facilities will be included in the new school site?
The facilities that will be ready in the first stage of development include flexible classrooms, a multipurpose room, adventure playground and grass play areas, as well as amphitheater and basketball/netball courts. The next stage of development plans to extend upon the teaching and learning spaces and sports facilities.
Will there be early learning or pre-school provided on site?
Early Learning will not be provided in the short-term, however it may be reconsidered according to demand.
Will there be before and after school care provisions?
Yes, we are planning to have before- and after-school care.
Learn more about St. Catherine of Siena.
Catherine was a member of the Dominican Third Order. This meant that she chose not to marry, but to devote her life to preaching and doing good deeds as a layperson.
Catherine’s major accomplishment was in persuading the Pope to return from Avignon, France to the Vatican in Italy. Turmoil in Rome and conflict with the emperor had forced the popes to retreat to Avignon in southern France. Catherine shared the popular Italian desire to restore the papacy to Rome.
Throughout her life she displayed a strong vision and passion for learning, a desire to bring the love of God into everyone’s hearts and the courage to make a difference through her actions.
Catherine died when she was only 33. She was canonized in 1461 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970. She is the patron saint of Italy and all of Europe.
We can draw inspiration from her powerful words of wisdom:
“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire”
Her Feast day is on the 29th of April.
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Our Vision and Mission
St Catherine of Siena Catholic School is an engaging learning community, enlightened by Gospel values.
Our school energises each student through high expectations, empowering all to set the world on fire.
Together, enriching each other’s journey, building a learning community of faith and excellence.
“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire” St Catherine of Siena.
As a Catholic Parish Primary School in partnership with our families and parish we, at St Catherine of Siena;
Energise all students with quality and innovative teaching and learning through high expectation to pursue excellence.
Welcome, care and develop a compassionate community of learners who recognise and respect the dignity of all, celebrating differences.
Engage and enlighten each child in Gospel values, modelling the Catholic Social Teaching and embracing Catholic tradition.
Rejoice in diversity, knowing all children can learn.
Cultivate a positive, safe school of learners with a particular focus on enhancing each child’s wellbeing through regular exercise and mindfulness.
Emphasis the building of positive relationships with self and others for each member of the school community.
Deliver state of the Art, purpose built, research based brand new facilities.
Develop a strong sustainability education through words and actions.
Our School routine
School will commence – 8:50am
Morning Break – 11:00am to 11:30am
Lunch – 11.30am to 11.40 am
Afternoon Break – 1.40pm to 2.15pm
Dismissal – 3:20pm